So, you’ve got an interview lined up! It could be that you are trying to land your first job, or you’re returning to the workplace after a break. Or maybe you are a seasoned executive taking another step up the career ladder.
Whatever your situation, making a success of the job interview is vital and doing some careful preparation beforehand will not only help you make a good first impression, but will boost your confidence and help you feel ready.
Before you even get there it’s worth taking time to:
Make sure you have seen a full job description for the role you applied for and find out as much as you can about the format the interview will take. Check the time of the interview and the find out who will be interviewing you. At least plan your journey and, if possible, do a dummy run so you’re confident about how long it will take to get there. Visit the company website and make sure you know what the company does, its history and background, market, size, goals etc
Have a contact number to hand, just in case you are delayed. Dress appropriately – looking smart portrays professionalism – and look well-groomed and tidy.
Don’t forget that it’s not just about them asking you questions, the interview is your opportunity to ensure that the job and company are right for you.
Here are some things to remember:
Be prepared for questions such as:
You may well be asked why you are leaving, or have left, your most recent job. You should have an acceptable reason for leaving every job you have held but if you haven’t, consider one from this employment industry CLAMPS formula:
Answer all questions clearly in as much detail as is relevant, making sure that you:
Then it’s your turn. Have questions prepared in advance and don’t be afraid to have your list to hand. It shows preparation and is helpful should your mind go blank. Ask something along the lines of:
Be clear that you are interested in the job and ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not. Thank the interviewer for their time and finish with a firm handshake.
After the interview contact your ACS Staffing Solutions consultant and let them know how it went.
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